A lot has been stated in the papers just a while ago regarding the bingo industry being hurt because of the smoking ban in England. Things have become so bad that in Scotland the Bingo industry has asked for big aid to assist in keeping the businesses from going bankrupt. However does the internet adaptation of this quintessential game present a reprieve, or might it in no way compare to its land based relative?

Bingo has been an ancient game normally played by the "blue haired" generation. However the game lately had undergone a recent comeback in appeal with younger men and women opting to visit the bingo parlors in place of the clubs on a weekend. This is all about to get flipped on its head with the enforcement of the smoking ban across UK.

Players will no longer be permitted to smoke at the same time marking off their numbers. From the summer of 2007 every public location will not be permitted to allow smoking in their venues and this includes Bingo halls, one of the most favored areas where many people enjoy smoking.

The effects of the smoking ban can already be looked at in Scotland where cigarettes are already banned in the bingo halls. Numbers have plunged and the business is literally struggling for to stay alive. But where have all the players gone? Of course they haven’t cast aside this established game?

The answer is on the net. Players know that they can play bingo using their computer at the same time enjoying a drink and cig and in the end, enjoy huge cash rewards. This is a recent phenomenon and has timed itself just about perfectly with the ban on smoking.

Of course wagering on online will never replace the communal part of heading over to the bingo parlour, but for a group of men and women the governing edicts have left a lot of bingo enthusiasts with no option.